Contemporary Circus Practices

Stockholm University of Arts

24 months
46146 EUR/year
46146 EUR/year
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The Master’s Programme in Contemporary Circus Practices from DOCH, School of Dance and Circus is aimed at practicing circus artists who want to deepen their circus technique, develop new forms of circus and contribute to the dialogue/discussion in the contemporary art field.


As a student you are encouraged to develop conceptual and practical tools so that you can develop and challenge circus as an art form and the arenas/platforms where it is presented. The programme also gives you the possibility of applying for PhD (third-cycle) studies in artistic research.

Contemporaneity in Circus requires analysis, critique, openness to other fields and an understanding of the contemporary conditions that shape human experience.

The Contemporary Circus Practices programme from DOCH, School of Dance and Circus challenges you as a student to develop advanced artistic and conceptual skills of relevance to the existing field of circus. Your projects should help you to develop as a circus artist and contribute to circus discourse and practice.

You will have courses on which you can develop and study your circus discipline and somatic movement practices in depth, explore the relationship between theory and practice, and work with rigging and the development of material and design. You will meet international artists whose processes challenge the world around us, and you will have the opportunity to present your projects throughout the programme.

Programme Structure

Year 1

During the first year, you will have courses with teaching mainly held at DOCH. You will study your specific circus discipline and work individually with teachers and supervisors. You will also have courses within which you can develop new approaches to an audience, create new meeting places for circus and take part in a dialogue with other art forms. You will study theory in a dynamic relationship with practical circus as a craft in order to develop understanding of its place in contemporary culture. 

Year 2

During the second year you will have two supervised projects/residencies, mainly outside DOCH, and during the last term you will work on your independent project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

General entry requirement for programme studies at the second cycle level (a degree of Bachelor or the equivalent).

There are also Specific entry requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree of fine arts
  • English 6 or the equivalent
  • A grade of Pass in the qualification test showing artistic ability in circus.

English 6 is a course from the Swedish upper secondary school. You have to show that you have the equivalent knowledge.

If you don’t fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme you may apply for recognition of prior learning, in other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    46146 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23073 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    46146 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23073 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.

The tuition fee for the first term is 241 400 SEK and for the whole programme 1 448 400 SEK.


Scholarships to Cover the Tuition Fee
If you are obliged to pay a tuition fee you can apply for a scholarship which covers the tuition fee. The scholarship does not cover any private costs during your studies. Please note that you still need to pay an application fee (900 SEK). The application fee is non-refundable.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Updated over a year ago

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